> Preparations underway for Intercontinental GT Challenge’s only Asian event
The entry process for this season’s Suzuka 10 Hours – Asia’s only Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli round – is now officially open.
FIA GT3, GT300 and ST-X specification GT cars are all once again eligible to compete at the 48th Summer Endurance Race, which made its Intercontinental GT Challenge debut last year.
2019’s event takes place on August 23-25 following Intercontinental GT Challenge rounds at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, Laguna Seca Raceway California 8 Hours and Total 24 Hours of Spa. The campaign concludes with the revived Kyalami 9 Hour in late November.
Teams and drivers from Asia, Europe, America and Australia are all expected to attend Japan’s most prestigious GT race, which last season featured 35 cars. Intercontinental GT Challenge organiser, SRO Motorsports Group; Suzuka’s management company, Mobilityland Corporation; and Super GT organiser, GT Association, will again work closely to assemble a truly international entry list.
Balance of Performance parameters will be implemented and regulated by SRO, and all cars will run on Pirelli tyres, just as they did in 2018.
Prize money totalling 100-million Yen is again up for grabs across all classes, while a GT3 parade into downtown Suzuka is also scheduled to take place.
Several changes to this year’s format will be announced shortly.
The 48th Summer Endurance Race builds on the legacy of Suzuka’s previous 1000-kilometre event. Although best known previously as Super GT’s blue riband round, the race has also featured on the FIA GT Championship, BPR Series, World Sportscar Championship and All-Japan Sports Prototype Championship schedules since its establishment in 1966.
GruppeM Racing’s Raffaele Marciello, Maro Engel and 2018 Overall Drivers’ champion Tristan Vautier helped Mercedes-AMG claim a one-two finish at Suzuka last season.
2019 kicks off with the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour next weekend (February 1-3).